Even though we call this NJWILDBEAUTY, readers know my steps frequently stray to nearby states, in quest of the Nature I MUST have!  This series reveals the wildflower preserve below New Hope, on a December morning walk.  Stroll with me.

And yes, I’m going to mention our era’s most critical challenge — catastrophic climate change.  These greens do not belong at Bowman’s in December!

Jack Frost Art Nouveau Bowman's

Winter’s Artistry Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve

Autumn Turns to Winter at Bowman's

Between Two Seasons, Bowman’s, above Pidcock Creek


Cezanne Palette at Bowman's

Cezanne Palette, Bowman’s in December


Fresh Greenery and Oak Leaves Bowman's

Fresh-sprung Greenery and Just-fallen Oak Leaves, Bowman’s, December


Squirrel Feast Bowman's

Squirrel’s Place-Setting, Bowman’s, near Pidcock Creek


New Ferns of Winter

New Ferns of December


Leaf Fall and Ice Bowman's

New Leaf Fall, New Ice, Bowman’s


Green Prickly Pear in Winter at Bowman's

Prickly Pear, Bright Green in December, Bowman’s — a native species in PA and NJ


Fungus Thrives on Sandy Relic at Bowman's

Turkey Tail Fungus Lives Up to its Name


Turkey Tail Fungus Earns its name at Bowman's

Turkey Tail Claims Sandy Victim

NJWILDBEAUTY readers are used to my proclaiming that Nature doesn’t close her doors with the advent of Labor Day.  Great beauty awaits, on all trails, outdoors, — with particularly special effects in winter.

Once again, though, none of this could we see, and perhaps much of it would not exist, were it not preserved through Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve.  A team of volunteers recently created a human chain to walk the last deer, allowed in by Sandy-destruction of fences, out to the wild beyond, where they belong.  Now all the glorious flowers can erupt in safety, once again.  Support your local non-profit; preserve your nearby open lands.





  1. Carolyn, a wonderful tale, as are they all. For me, the best part was the image of the human chain of volunteers walking the deer out to the wild beyond. What a compassionate, humane way to deal with a probably very frightened wild animal! Thank you for sharing that. Mary

  2. Mary, yes, they have wonderful volunteers at Bowman’s, but this takes volunteering to the max, with the well-being of the animals, as well as the plants, at heart. I should have known this would resonate with you, who save animals every chance you get! Blessings, c

    • Penelope, that squirrel is a master of gracious living — he had done this on any number of stumps, and the residue was beautifully arrayed all around on the ground below. Remember when we went there in March and thought it was green, and it was so brown? This was almost the polar opposite – I was surprised to see green in the brown pictures! c

  3. It won’t be so very long now until you start seeing the spring plants emerging.

    I’ve been watching the Duke Eagle Cam off and on for past 3 days. There is still only one egg. They are a beautiful, healthy pair. Mom & Dad are both on the next right now, and she doesn’t seem to want to leave to find something for dinner. As I remember, Dad doesn’t start bringing food to the next until the eggs have hatched.

    On my way out the door now.

  4. Thanks, Honey, for good news re eagle cam — I cannot make it work. Something about Flash Drive… Sigghhh… Thrilled that they’re a healthy pair. I have daffodils and hyacinths up many inches in the back yard. In February. The first blooms at Bowman’s will be snow trillium, and I know their secret hiding place. Thanks for commenting! c

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